Friday 18 January 2019

Lukaku is a Toffees skywalker

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates scoring his side's first goal
Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates scoring his side's first goal

Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin believes Romelu Lukaku's landmark late two-goal salvo enhanced his credentials as a top striker.

The Belgium international had been well marshalled by Hull's Curtis Davies and Harry Maguire but after Tom Huddlestone was sent off he managed to score twice in added time in the 4-0 win.

Both times the 23-year-old confidently beat goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic, showing his questions over the club's ambition and refusal to sign a new contract have not affected his appetite for goals.

He now has 21 Premier League goals for the season, the first Everton player to break the 20-mark since Gary Lineker in 1986 - who subsequently left for Barcelona - and has equalled the great Bob Latchford's 1977-78 record of scoring in seven successive home matches.

"He is so powerful and nine times out of 10 you back him to score when he is through on goal and he showed that to grab two goals in the 90th minute," Calvert-Lewin said.

"That is what differentiates a top player from not a top player. He found it tough for 90 minutes and in the last five he has scored two and that shows he is always on his toes and ready to go."

Calvert-Lewin, who scored his first goal for the club, added: "I am over the moon. It has felt like an eternity to get back," he added.

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